News ID: 252180
Published: 1006 GMT May 01, 2019

New York bans alcohol advertising on city property

New York bans alcohol advertising on city property

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, issued an executive order on Tuesday banning alcohol advertising from city property, citing public health concerns.

The ban would include bus shelters, newsstands and Wi-Fi kiosks and would take effect immediately for new ads, though existing ads would be allowed to remain until their contracts run out, AFP reported.

"There's no doubt that far too many New Yorkers struggle with serious substance misuse issues, among them excessive drinking," de Blasio, a Democrat, said in a statement.

"This order banning alcohol ads from city property reaffirms our commitment to health equity and our stand to protect the well-being of all New Yorkers."

According to the statement, there were nearly 2,000 alcohol-related deaths in New York City in 2016, and 110,000 alcohol-related emergency department visits.

It also said certain areas are hit harder, with East Harlem seeing five times the rate of alcohol-linked hospitalizations than the Upper East Side.

Citing a 2017 study, the mayor's office said ads promoting alcoholic drinks could increase the likelihood of viewers consuming alcohol — and could also affect the amount they drink.

"Exposure to outdoor alcohol advertising has been associated with subsequent intentions to use and with problem drinking," said the study from the New York Academy of Medicine.

Alcohol ads were banned from buses and the city's subway in January 2018.





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